Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times

Mikael Wood

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Mikael:

Coldplay ditches stadium pomp — for one night — at prison-reform benefit concert

On its sort-of tour behind 'Everyday Life,' Coldplay performed Monday at the Palladium in a benefit for Reform L.A. Jails. → Read More

Eminem releases surprise new album 'Music to Be Murdered By'

On his unannounced new album, Eminem makes light of the 2017 terrorist bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert and addresses the 2018 mass shooting in Las Vegas. → Read More

Review: On Halsey's new album 'Manic,' elusiveness is a strength

On Halsey's third album, "Manic," the streaming superstar bounces from slick K-pop to country-ish acoustic sounds. → Read More

For new Grammys boss Deborah Dugan, change is (mostly) good: ‘Everything’s being examined’

Grammy head Deborah Dugan working to change academy → Read More

New Grammys boss Deborah Dugan: "Everything's being examined"

Taking over for longtime Chief Executive Neil Portnow, all eyes are on new Recording Academy president Deborah Dugan as she approaches her first Grammy Awards. → Read More

Elton John leads pack of 2020 Oscar nominees for best original song

Elton John and Bernie Taupin for 'Rocketman,' Randy Newman for 'Toy Story 4' and veteran nominee Diane Warren top the Oscar nominations for best original song. → Read More

Bad Bunny, Latin pop's brightest star, dazzles at Calibash: review

As Kylie Jenner looked on, an all-star lineup of Latin pop and hip-hop stars, from Rosalía to Anuel AA to Tyga, performed at the annual Mega 96.3 concert. → Read More

Selena Gomez has 165 million Instagram followers. Now she has her first great pop album

On her new album "Rare," Gomez deploys a light touch and adventurous sonic spirit to mine her romantic, emotional and physical trials and tribulations. → Read More

Nirvana's power shines bright as members reunite: review

At a fundraising gala, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear performed Nirvana songs, with Grohl's 13-year-old daughter a standout on 'Heart-Shaped Box.' → Read More

Remaining members of Nirvana reunite, with help from Beck, St. Vincent and Violet Grohl

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear played a handful of Nirvana songs at a benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium. → Read More

With 2020 headliners, Coachella wants you off your phones and in the pit

The trio of headliners — Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean — are all proven exciting live acts that demand a fan's corporeal attention. → Read More

Justin Bieber returns with new single 'Yummy': review

Justin Bieber's new single precedes a YouTube reality series, a stadium tour and his first album since 2015's "Purpose." → Read More

From Selena Gomez to Grimes, 13 artists with 2020 albums

With albums on the way from Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber and Grimes, among others, we look at the sounds in store for 2020. → Read More

Review: My Chemical Romance returns after eight-year hiatus, to emo fans old and new

My Chemical Romance returns after eight-year hiatus → Read More

My Chemical Romance returns after eight-year hiatus, to emo fans old and new

The New Jersey band, whose influence never ebbed, played its first show in eight years on Friday at a sold-out Shrine. → Read More

In 'Cats,' 'Memory' is a popera furball, but don't blame Jennifer Hudson

In the otherwise catastrophic 'Cats,' Jennifer Hudson sings the snot (literally) out of Andrew Lloyd Weber's hamfisted showstopper "Memory" → Read More

Review: At Rolling Loud, a hip-hop generation gap turns into a chasm

The hip-hop festival represents the shock of the new: noisy young ragers Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert overshadowed seasoned optimists like Chance the Rapper. → Read More

Harry Styles brings Stevie Nicks to his Forum 'Fine Line' party

'It wouldn't be an album launch for me without this young lady,' Harry Styles said Friday at the Forum before he was joined by Stevie Nicks for a rendition of 'Landslide.' → Read More

Meet 100 gecs, oddball besties who somehow made the freshest rock album of 2019

Noise-rock duo 100 gecs traded tapes long-distance to make one of the year's most acclaimed albums, "1000 gecs." → Read More

Solange, Lana Del Rey, 'Old Town Road' among 2019's best in music

From critical favorites Solange and Lana Del Rey to rookies Lil Nas X and 100 gecs, the best music of 2019 explored ideas of love, war, family and anxiety. → Read More